Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Top 10 List and giveaway: author K. Baskett

by K. Baskett

Quick Facts                                        
Release Date: November 30th, 2013.                           
Genre: Suspense                                              
Formats to buy: paperback and Kindle.


Unemployed with no prospects, Dorian Wells is a young man trying desperately to stay afloat and be a good father to his toddler son. While already struggling to pay the bills and earn proper visitation with his child, Dorian’s tumultuous life is thrown into further upheaval when his mother is suddenly hospitalized.

On the verge of losing everything, it seems Dorian finally has a stroke of luck when he inadvertently learns of a potential opportunity with Jakkaru, a decadent, cut-throat organization that pays handsomely by the body count. Dorian’s lifelong friend, Rafe Ibadiah, is his ticket into Jakkaru and soon Dorian is training to be a professional hitman. But learning how to properly kill for a living is not as easy as it seems, and he quickly discovers the short arms of theory are a far reach from reality as the harrowing journey makes him question everything he believes.

The final test before full acceptance into Jakkaru is a contract Dorian must complete alone. Delivered to him via a small red envelope, the name inside propels the stakes of this dangerous game higher than ever before. Dorian will sacrifice anything for his son, but it’s not until he is ordered to do the unthinkable that he grasps the horrific depth of his commitment.

Award-winning author, K. Baskett, expertly weaves a chilling tale of suspense in Envelope: Red that culminates in a shocking look at the prickly nuances of loyalty. Gritty and authentic, Dorian’s story is ultimately a poignant examination of the human condition - what lies within the heart of us all.


The butler goes to the corner of the room where a small stand holds a glass carafe of water and crystal goblets. He pours some and hands the glass to me, then exits the room, clicking the door quietly closed behind him.
I take a shaky sip, and my parched lips scream with relief. The cool water helps to alleviate my perspiration as well, which has already thoroughly embarrassed me.
“Welcome, Dorian,” says the man seated behind the desk. He is large and stocky, with a bald head and bad skin. He observes me through black, beady eyes that don't seem to blink. “I am Mr Black, and this is my colleague, Mr Red.” He indicates the man flanking his ornate leather chair. Mr Red nods at me slightly. He is reedy with delicate wireframe glasses perched on his beaky nose.
“H-hello,” I stutter, biting down nervous laughter at the absurdity of their names. My hands tremble so badly I am very nearly spilling my glass of water. I set it down gingerly on the small table beside my chair.
“We understand you are here because you're interested in becoming a member of our prestigious organization,” Mr Black begins.
“Yes, sir.”
“I see,” Mr Black says thoughtfully. “Well, as I'm sure you might imagine, we have to know a few things about anyone seeking to join our ranks. Therefore, we have taken the liberty to peek into your background.”
My saliva dries up, making my tongue swell like a blowfish and stick to the roof of my mouth.
Mr Red lifts an iPad from the desk and begins to read from it. “Dorian Wells, age twenty-five. No siblings. Both parents deceased; most recently the mother, Verona Marshall, from an advanced case of septicemia. One son, Josiah Wells, just turned two. Josiah's mother, Milan Carter, age twenty-three. No significant work history, just a few minimum wage jobs here and there. Once matriculated at the local community college but no degree. Currently unemployed. Recently granted a full visitation schedule for son, Josiah, by the family court. Girlfriend, Sekoya Williams, age twenty-nine; dating for about a year.” Mr Red stops reading from the iPad and looks directly at me. “Congratulations.”
My stomach is turning somersaults hearing all this detailed intimate information; it's so surreal. The main thing that sticks out in my mind is that he said, 'both parents deceased.' I don't even know who my father is, and they apparently have not only identified him, but also discovered he is dead. I'm not sure what to say after this recitation, but I can tell they are waiting for me to speak, so I murmur, “Yes, sir. That's me.”
Mr Black laces his pudgy fingers together on top of the desk. “You should know, Dorian: that was the summarized version.”

 Things I Want To Do But Never Do

I have all the best intentions, but sometimes I just cannot motivate myself to do the things I have in the back of my mind to do. So I thought it would be fun to list them for you and perhaps find out if any of you, dear readers, might share some of these with me.

1. Wake Up Early. It’s really the best time for me to work on my book - the wee early morning hours. I have a “goal” to wake up at 5:00AM every day to write. How often do you think that actually happens? Over the summer, I get pretty close to my original goal - I wake up at 6:00AM to write, every morning. But that stops as soon as the school year begins, and then I have to settle for just writing whenever I can - which is usually late nights and weekends. Speaking of which…

2. Go To Bed Early. I know I need 8 hours of sleep. I even want 8 hours of sleep. But it seems like the best time for me to write usually ends up being at the end of night, when everything else is already done. I’m lucky to get 6 hours of sleep most nights. I’ve learned to live with it.

3. Make New Year’s Resolutions. I just feel like when I want to make a change, I will resolve to do so whenever it hits me, as opposed to waiting for a specific time of year. However, I do like the idea of periodically examining my life and seeing where things need to change - whether it happens on January 1 or not.

4. Get An Artificial Christmas Tree. A part of me feels a little bit guilty about getting live trees. You know the reasons… and I always say “maybe this year I’ll get an artificial tree.” But then I start thinking about how much I love the smell of pine at Christmas time and how beautiful a real tree is, and I just go to the lot and pick out yet another Douglas Fir.

5. Get On A Regular Cleaning Schedule. I am not Suzie Homemaker. I clean the house when I can’t stand it anymore. I wish I could be one of those folks who cleans every Tuesday and Thursday or something like that. But I don’t. As long as the kitchen and bathrooms stay spotless, I don’t worry too much about the disarray everywhere else.

6. Re-Read My Favorite Books. I have a list of favorite books that mean a lot to me - books that have truly impacted my life and that I would love to read again. However, most of my favorite books I have read only once, or maybe twice in a few cases. There are just so many books out there to read, when I have the time I usually go for something I’ve never read before. After all, you never know when your next new “favorite” is going to be discovered.

7. Email My German Pen-Pal. Several years ago, I started exchanging correspondence with a girl from Germany. We wrote almost daily, sharing the details of our lives with one another and shipping gift packages to each other regularly. But then life just got in the way and our email volumes became less and less. We are still in touch but now it is few and far between. I wish I could get back into the regular habit of emailing and sending boxes. I miss her.

8. Enjoy The Screened Porch. I have a spacious screened porch on the back of my house. It faces the backyard and is peaceful and serene. On lovely days I tell myself I should get out there and enjoy the weather from the comfort of the screened porch. Maybe write a little, listen to the birds chirping. I never do.

9. Go For A Bike Ride. You never forget how to ride a bicycle. My kids are new riders and I keep saying I should buy a bike, too, and we all go out for family excursions together. Yeah, right.

10. Plan A Trip To DisneyWorld. Enough said.

I agree in number 7 and 10!  hehe My German friends are going to kill me if I don't write soon!

The Author
Jack of all trades, master of none - save for the art of procrastination - K. Baskett lives by the motto, "Never do today what can be put off until tomorrow." K. firmly believes that you aren't really interested in the author's hometown, spouse, children or pets, and has therefore decided to spare you the details. No Greater Illusion is the author's award-winning debut novel. Envelope: Red, the second offering, is a gritty suspense-thriller releasing November 2013.

Learn more about her at: kbaskett.com 



No Greater Illusion
Genre: Dystopia


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  1. I can so relate to all of your top 10. 1 & 2 the most. Great post and the book sounds amazing!

  2. Thanks, BK! I was so curious to know if anyone else was going to have the same items on their list. :)

  3. Awesome post and great excerpt! I wish you well with your release:O)

  4. Thank you so much Michelle, I appreciate the feedback and well wishes.



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